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Level: Intermediate
Length: 9 mi (14.5 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +91/98 ft
Total: 72 riders
 

Mountain Biking The Pines

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#246 of 340 mountain bike trails in Ontario
#723 in the world

The Pines is a section of land leased by the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority to the local Woodstock Cycling Club.

It is a nice fast buffed singletrack loop all through the parcel of land. As you can guess it winds through numerous pines, with very tight fast corners. In addition there is a super fast bermed section that is a load of fun!

You need to be a Club member to ride these trails, 12 month membership starts at $30 and teh trails are open year round. More membership info can be found at: http://woodstockcyclingclub.ca/membership/

Before you go
  • No Drinking water
  • No E-bikes permitted
  • Fat biking allowed in winter
  • No Fee required
  • No Lift service
  • Night riding allowed
  • No Pump track
  • No Restrooms
Getting there
-Take 401 and exit at Regional Rd 2, (old Highway # 2) -Go west for 1km until you reach County Rd. #4 (there will be a Toyota plant being built on the corner) -Turn right (north) and travel 4km to Township Rd. #4 -Turn right (east) on to Township Rd. #4 just before the bridge. The entrance to the trails and, parking area are located approx. 2 km east of County Road 4 , at the second yellow gate on the left. There is a W.C.C. "The Pines" sign on a telephone pole at the entrance. The parking lot/trail head is up the driveway.
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A: The land is owned by the Upper Thames River Convservation Authority, not the school board. The land is leased to the Woodstock Cycling club, that maintains the trails.

Q: Where can I purchase a membership?
A: Woodstockcyclingclub.ca purchase on line

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  • labrodent
    ****

    As a newby to the sport, this was the 2nd trail system I've ridden. Keep that fact in mind when reading my review.
    I enjoyed my day here. There is ample parking. There is a pump track. The green trail is fairly easy, but it does have some climbs. I tried some of the intermediate trails. Some were above my skill level. Intermediate had more climbs, a few jumps, tight turns, obstacles. There was a ride around on a few obstacles. A membership is required here, or a $10 day pass. Membership is only $35, so I probably will be joining. And I'm told that if you did a $10 day pass, that can be applied to the yearly membership.

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  • *ONE ARMED BANDIT*
    *****

    Super fun trail to bomb through! Some wicked fast portions with killer berms that fire you out the other end like a cannon, technical rooty/Rocky sections that'll really test your skill, and a few fun climbs and short but steep doshills. There's also some obstacles throughout the trail that you can stop and mess arpund on :) this is my new home trail whenever I can find the time and I love it! Trails are all one way and for MTB only so your not having to worry about oncoming traffic of any sort. Only down fall I can see to this trail is that it's not long enough... for me though there's plenty to keep me busy for quite some time. They also just added a new 1km trail that has some pretty technical fun stuff in it. See ya there!

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  • Downhill Mike

    That whole west area got alot of snow lately. I was trying to ride Fanshawe Lake and run into the same problem way too much snow. Try Hydrocut it's a busy place so trails should be rideable

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  • Cruzn14
    *****

    I only did the red trail on a demo day with a borealis crestone fat bike. this trail is awesome. some real fun switchbacks and kickass berms. great flow and a good workout. well mapped out.

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  • *****

    Nice quick unidirectional single track, well signed with many manicured berms through pines. Lots of flowing downhill with little climbing in the pine section (red trails). The interior black trails cut through slightly more challenging deciduous tree trails with some rock and more roots with a few shorter but challenging climbs attainable by intermediate riders. Some fun features like bridges and smaller kickers or larger rock/log features which can be bypassed. Overall great flow and very fun to ride but don't expect to ride for several hours. I GPS'd the red and black and it was under 12 km but was satisfied. If you re-enter the trail for more, the first section is the fastest, funnest and easiest and you can kick out to the perimeter trail rather easily.

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  • d_rickards
    ****

    You really need to like corners, or want to work on them, if you go here. Single track is in awesome shape, and the trail makes good use of its limited topo to keep you working.

    The advanced side tracks are well worth it. Not too difficult but still more of a challenge.

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  • twodragunns
    *****

    Once again returned to The Pines with fat bikes loaded and proceeded to shred this gem for hours. This has to be one of the best trails in south western Ontario. I regularly ride Fanshawe in London, but now find myself returning to The Pines weekly. Check it out, you'll be pleased and get a great workout as well.

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  • twodragunns
    *****

    After arriving via singletracks/The Pines/google maps, I realized this google map leads riders to the wrong area. On the same road go north 2 side roads to #4 and go left then 2 kms on the right is The Pines. Rode this awesome trail and return on a regular basis. Built up berms and winding pines, along with fantastic flow make this trail superb indeed. highly recommend for all trail riders searching for adventure.

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  • *****

    Fan-freaking-tastic! Haven't ridden this trail system in about 13 years. Forgot how awesome it is. So fast and flowing. The black trails are a blast and a good challenge especially Doug's Delirium and Toilet Bowl. Bloody Lung has the narlyist rooty climbs. Red is simply FAST! Corners have well constructed burms that let you carve through the corners at a good clip. Did 16.5 km in 60 mins.

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  • Ghost
    *****

    Road this today. What an awesome experience. I'm coming back soon.

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  • dv8
    *****

    Im happy to say this is my home trail. It's got some really fast, flowing, snappy sections as well as some really technical parts as well. Its very well maintained and has quite a few nice features, ie. Berms, woods bridges and climbs etc. They have added quite a bit even this year. Tons of fun and challenging.

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  • sprodj
    *****

    What a fantastic trail! I checked this trail out and was blown away by how well laid out and perfectly maintained it was. It's set up as a network of 13 trails, and there's a lot of tight, banked corners that allow you to rip through the woods at high speeds. The markings also let you know which trail you're on as you go, with good notification of the easy, medium, and hard sections. Generally the trail will take you through the ride in numerical order - it's not really easy to ride #1 then #10 then #8, etc, more than likely you have to ride 1,2,3,4 etc.

    There's not a whole lot of elevation change, any down/up hills are short but steep. "Doug's Delirium" was the most entertaining and technically hardest trail, with some fast sections mixed with rooty technical and sharp switchbacks.

    All in all, lots of fun!

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